China is a great nation with extraordinary potential. But it faces equally significant challenges. It will fare better in the future with a more transparent political system. Ultimately the PRC's leaders will find it ever harder to hide the most important decisions from public view.
Donald Trump made a move that will either go down as sheer genius or utter idiocy. Trump's problem is that he is continually behind Hillary Clinton in the polls by about five points. He is also substantially behind her in the electoral college.
Will a majority of Americans buy into this image of Trump? Is it really a good dad who only checks in on his kids after having been away, enthusiastically offering them a hot fudge sundae? Will we - all of us - fall for his empty promises?
Trump scares me, not because any of his crazy ideas are practically feasible. My real fear is that his brand of bullshitting and nativism will become an indelible part of the American political and social landscape.
For Donald Trump, the policy formulations don't matter, neither do the misstatements, exaggerations or contradictions. What matters is that he built a "huge" audience in front of which he performed well.
Donald Trump going to Mexico could have had a certain "Nixon goes to China" flavor about it, and he actually was getting some good reviews for crossing the very low bar of "not totally embarrassing himself or his country" -- at least for the first few hours. Then he went to Phoenix, and Mr. Hyde came back out.
We've collectively recoiled as a series of national tragedies have caused us all to ask, how far have actually come when it comes to ethnicity? As the debate rages on we've seemingly forgot one thing: we're all human.